I am participating in the "Read it Forward" Blog Challenge sponsored by LitWorld. This week's prompt is What do you think is special about reading aloud?
The best thing about reading aloud is that it is almost always a shared reading experience. Typically someone is reading aloud to or with at least one other person. Sharing a book with someone else brings people together.
Since I am a teacher librarian, I am often the person reading aloud. I love having the chance to bring a book to life for others and see their faces light up. Sometimes I do the funny voices or add sound effects, but even a straight unadorned reading can touch hearts.
If you haven't read with anyone lately, make time for a reading date with someone. It's definitely a win-win.
This year for World Read Aloud Day, we will be reading aloud at school and I plan to have some classes Skyping with authors and/or other classes around the country. We had a great time last year for WRAD and hope to follow it up with a wonderful time this year too.